War of the Rebellion: Serial 009 Page 0406 OPERATIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA. Chapter XX.

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and will probably have to build one more bridge of 80 feet at Cane Creek and one of 400 feet at Kinston, although the latter is not yet destroyed and we may save it.

BURNSIDE.

Abstract from return of the Department of North Carolina, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside commanding, for June, 1862.

Present for duty

Station Troops Officers Men Aggregate

present

New Berne First

(Foster's)

Division:

Infantry 168 4,469 5,109

Artillery 49 1,024 1,265

Cavalry 33 534 629

Second

(Reno's)

Division:

Infantry 148 3,549 4,169

Artillery 4 61 76

Third

(Parke's)

Division:

Infantry 95 2,033 2,127

Artillery 2 44 55

Roanoke Hawkins' 56 1,407 1,603

Island brigade

(infantry)

Newport Garrison 25 670 749

Barracks (infantry)

Total 580 13,791 15,782

Troops Aggregate present and Pieces of field

absent artillery

First

(Foster's)

Division:

Infantry 6,343 ............

Artillery 1,532 30

Cavalry 760 ............

Second

(Reno's)

Division:

Infantry 4,938 ............

Artillery 79 4

Third

(Parke's)

Division:

Infantry 2,784 ..............

Artillery 57 ..............

Hawkins' 1,750 ..............

brigade

(infantry)

Garrison 1,091 ...............

(infantry)

Total 19,334 34

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

New Berne, July 3, 1862.

Major General GEORGE B. McCLELLAN:

GENERAL: I embarked 7,000 infantry and was on my way to join you, at the suggestion of the Secretary of War, when I met a messenger, informing me of your important success before Richmond, which, if true, rendered it unnecessary for me to join you. I accordingly brought my fleet to an anchor, and have sent a steamer through to Norfolk to ascertain the exact state of affairs, and shall hold myself in readiness to move in any direction.

The movement up the country in the direction of Goldsborough will be pushed as rapidly as possible. The railroad bridges and culverts, as you know, are all destroyed, but we are rapidly repairing them, and to-morrow we will make an advance of some 10 or 12 miles beyond our present outposts. I had already commenced a movement with my entire force, when I received a dispatch from the President and Secretary of War requesting me to do anything in my power to assist you before Richmond.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,

New Berne, July 3, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

SIR: In accordance with the suggestion of your dispatch, I embarked 7,000 infantry, and was proceeding to the point designated by you,